Regional News - Australia/Oceania May 2017

Rio Tinto Deals with Bad Weather

In its first quarter production report, Rio Tinto said it shipped 76.7 million metric tons (mt) of iron ore from the Pilbara. The 13% quarter-to-quarter decrease was a attributed to cyclone activity during the period. The company said sections of the rail network were also affected by significant rainfall. Despite the disruptions, shipments were in line with the first quarter of 2016 and guidance for 2017 remains at 330 to 340 million mt.

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Western Areas Evaluates Odysseus Deposits
Western Areas Ltd. has reported positive results for a pre-feasibility study (PFS) of development of an underground nickel mine on the Odysseus South and Odysseus North deposits below the previously mined Cosmos mine 30 km north of the town of Leinster in central Western Australia. The PFS demonstrates commercial viability for a project producing 12,000 mt/y of nickel in concentrate over an initial 7.5-year mine life. The Western Areas board of directors has approved advancing the project to a definitive feasibility study.

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Mining Contract at Mount Morgans Awarded to RUC
Dacian Gold said it would award its underground mining contract for the Mount Morgans gold project in Western Australia (WA) to WA-based underground mining contractor, RUC Cementation Mining (RUC). The agreement covers underground development and production stopping from the Beresford and Allanson underground mines, which together comprise the Westralia Mine Area. Dacian said this agreement will eventually be replaced by a formal underground mining services contract, which will have an initial term of 3 years with two discretionary 1-year extensions, to establish a new portal for Beresford; rehab and existing portal and decline for Allanson; all decline and level development; all ore driving; and all stope production.

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Regional News - Australia/Oceania - March 2017

Blackham Looking to Expand Matilda/Wiluna Gold Production

Blackham Resources has received a draft report from Orway Mineral Consultants that supports the addition of 1.5 million mt/y of throughput capacity at the Wiluna processing hub on its Matilda/Wiluna gold operations in central Western Australia. Commissioning of the added capacity alongside the recently refurbished 1.7-million-mt/y oxide circuit would see total throughput capacity increase to about 3.2 million mt/y across both the oxide and sulphide circuits. The expanded Wiluna plant would bring significant economies of scale to the combined project, with all the resources located within a 20-km radius of the processing plant.

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 Altura Awards Mining Contract for Pilgangoora

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Altura Mining has awarded a five-year contract to NRW Holdings Ltd. for provision of mine development and mining services at Altura’s open-pit Pilgangoora lithium project, located in Western Australia about 123 km road miles southeast of Port Hedland. Mine production is planned at a rate of 1.4 million mt/y of ore to produce 219,000 mt/y of spodumene concentrate, containing 6% Li2O, over a mine life of 14 years.

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 Fortescue Metals Triples Net Profit for Half-year

Iron-ore producer Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. released its half-year results ending December 31 that include a net profit after tax of $1.2 billion, which is a 283% increase over $319 million that was reported for the half-year period ending December 31, 2015.

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AUSTRALIA/OCEANIA - JANUARY 2017

Gold Road and Gold Fields Form JV to Develop Gruyere Gold Project • Alcoa Secures Major Export Contract to Supply Bauxite From Western Australia Mine

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